Appeals court considers overturning sentence of former NY Assembly speaker

Brendan Pierson

Federal appeals judges weighed whether or not former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction can stand based on its similarity to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction, which was overturned. Among other charges, Silver was convicted in late 2015 for engaging in a quid pro quo agreement with a mesothelioma researcher to whom he funneled state research funding in exchange for asbestos claimant referrals.

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